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6 Quirky South African Festivals

Most of us who live in South Africa know the big name, long established festivals and events – the Rand Easter Show, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Grahamstown Arts Festival – they’re great, they’ve stood the test of time and they offer something the public wants.

But South Africa also has sometimes smaller, often quirky festivals (some have been around a while, others are newer) that you may not have heard of.

We’re looking at just a small selection of these today.


Six Quirky SA Festivals

1. Clarens Craft Beer Festival (February, Free State) Enjoy over 50 finely crafted beers and ciders in the picturesque town of Clarens, and soak up the atmosphere with German style food and live entertainment throughout the day. 


2. STIHL Lumberjack Festival (April, Stellenbosch) – This is a brand new kid on the block and the inaugural Lumberjack Festival is yet to be held. The Lumber Games will give wannabe axe-swingers the chance to show they have some serious muscle and talent under that red checked shirt as they compete in a series of challenging but fun game such as Axe Throwing and Log Hurling.


3. Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees – (March / April, Klein Karoo) A unique event held in SA’s ostrich capital, Oudtshoorn, on Route 62, which celebrates Afrikaner culture by way of food, music  and all manner of art.


4. Greenpop Reforest Fest (May, Overberg) Join likeminded people as you camp in an endangered forest and help to plant 1000 trees. Live music helps you to keep on planting, whatever the weather! This year is the second Reforest Fest.



5. Boekbedonnerd Festival (October, Northern Cape) This Book Fair in Booktown, Richmond features talks from guest writers, literature, collectables, books, art and traditional Karoo fare hosted by the restaurants of Richmond.


6. Ficksburg Cherry Festival (November, Free State) This festival has been going for 45 years but many South Africans have not heard of it. Initially an agricultural event it has blossomed into much more – live music, family entertainment and of course loads of cherries!